Monthly Archives: October 2016

A political solution almost at hand

A political solution almost at hand

Days after the controversial Eluga Tamil rally, moderate speakers at a book launch in Jaffna last weekend were heckled and shouted down by a group of persons reportedly associated with the Tamil People’s Council chaired by Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran. Different Tamil political parties …

Say no communal hatred propaganda

Say no communal hatred propaganda

Defending Northern Province’s Chief Minister Mr C.V. Wigneswaran over his speech at the mass Tamil rally last week, the All Ceylon Hindu Congress joined Mr Wigneswaran in calling for a federal solution to the ethnic conflict as a means to ensure harmony. The All Ceylon …

Unfairly portrayed

Unfairly portrayed

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province on Sunday regretted that people in South Sri Lanka are portraying him as an “undesirable”, a “ghost” or a bogeyman. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 42nd. Sri Lankan National Games at the Duraiappah Stadium …

Seeman and Ameer facing trial

Seeman and Ameer facing trial

Naam Tamilar Katchi leader Seeman and noted film director Ameer, facing trial after they were slapped with sedition charges for making inflammatory speeches in support of Sri Lankan Tamils, appeared before the Additional District Sessions Court here on Friday. The two, who had appeared before …

U.S. Embassy launches new website

U.S. Embassy launches new website

The Embassy of the United States in Sri Lanka launched its new website (lk.usembassy.gov) yesterday, featuring a more mobile-friendly layout, with easy-to-access and more locally-relevant news and information. The new homepage will allow users to quickly find answers to visa questions, U.S. citizen services, job …

Rising from the ashes

Rising from the ashes

Vasantha Sriskantharajah is dreading next summer. It’s not the Jaffna heat that is worrying her, she is used to it. What she is not used to is being away from the collection of books she has seen grow at the Jaffna Public Library through decades …

Government doesn’t know how much it owes

Government doesn’t know how much it owes

Trying to develop its infrastructure to increase its economic potential has plunged Sri Lanka deep into a pit of debt, pushing the country to the brink of bankruptcy and prompting an IMF bailout. The official estimate of what Sri Lanka currently owes its financiers is …

Tamils resort to nationalism to shore up eroding political base

Tamils resort to nationalism to shore up eroding political base

By J S Tissainayagam.                                                                In its list of demands, the ‘Eluga Thamil’ (Tamils Arise!) …

Police to submit report on Ananthy Sasitharan

Police to submit report on Ananthy Sasitharan

The Mullaitivu Magistrate on Thursday (29), ordered the Police to submit a report on the alleged derogatory remarks made by the Northern Provincial Council Member Ananthi Sasitharan concerning Courts. Ananthi Sasitharan, the wife of former LTTE Trincomalee District political head S. Elilan, had made derogatory remarks condemning …

NZ to open Sri Lankan High Commission

NZ to open Sri Lankan High Commission

New Zealand is set to open a High Commission in Sri Lanka next year to cement ties and increase business between the two countries. Prime Minister John Key made the announcement after meeting with Sri Lanka’s visiting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Government House in …